MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard review -
As you'll notice the MSI Z77A-GD65 is certainly a good looking motherboard alright. The traditional black & blue style, new cooling heatsinks. Yeah it's a pretty thing for the eyes alright.
The I/O panel of the MSI Z77A-GD65 reveals two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports with another four USB 2.0 ports. The motherboard features three PCIe x16 Gen 3.0 expansion slots and four PCIe x1 slots.
A Realtek ALC898 high definition audio codec is the source for audio, and we spot an Intel 82579V 10/100/1000 fast Ethernet controller. Nice.
There is a single PS/2 combo port that can be used for either a keyboard or mouse, optical and coaxial SPDIF out ports, HDMI, 15pin D-Sub VGA, DVI, Gigabit LAN (Intel 82579V) and a Clear CMOS button for us overclockers and tweakers.
When we place the motherboard in an angle we see the socket LGA1155. It supports both Ivy Bridge as well as Sandy Bridge processors. The board has an 8-pin power header for the processor. You can find 9 LEDs to the lower corner. The topmost LED is the DrMos alarm while the other eight LEDs indicate the number of phases that the CPU is currently using.
We review the MSI Z77A GD80 motherboard. Albeit the GD80 shares 95% of the DNA of the GD65 it comes with one feature that some of you will be very interested in, a ThunderBolt controller. So have a peek at what was just released, this is the MSI Z77A-GD80 motherboard. Onwards to the next page please.
MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard review
We review the MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard. The MSI Z77A-GD65 is intended for Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processors on Socket LGA1155, and they tend to overclock rather well as we'll show you. Even on air cooling you can reach 5 GHz with a motherboard as used today. Have a peek at what was just released, this is the MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' motherboard.
MSI Z77A GD65 motherboard preview
In this MSI Z77A GD65 motherboard preview we look at the hardware that will empower future Ivy bridge processors. Obviously we can't share any details, but have a look at the pretty pictures.